How to Pull Off Lived-In Eye Makeup Without Looking Messy

Lindsey Metrus

If you aren't familiar, allow us to introduce you to lived-in eyeliner. The look is a smudgy and oops-I-slept-in-my-makeup-but-still-woke-up-looking-great vibe—but not in a messy way. Think Sarah Jessica Parker's trademark jungle-green smoky eye (which she'll leave on for days, by the way). Her look works because she uses Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Jungle ($29), which doesn't budge, so she isn't left with a smeared mess come morning. The thing is, though, you don't need to, well, live (or sleep) in your eye makeup to execute lived-in eyes. Instead, you just need the right products and technique in order to pull it off. 

We consulted with a few makeup artists to find out how to pull off the nonchalant, cool-girl effect of smudged eyeliner without looking like you just rubbed your eyes. Learn more below! 

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